Omollo dedicates monthly award to players

By alex wafula
May 17, 2017
  • Posta Rangers will hope to keep their unbeaten record intact this weekend when they travel to Nakuru to play against soldiers Ulinzi Stars. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Sammy Omollo, the Posta Rangers head coach, has dedicated his Sports Journalists Association of Kenya/Fidelity Insurance April coach of the month award to his players.

The former Kenyan international, who joined Posta Rangers at the beginning of the seasonhas led the Posta Rangers to an unbeaten start to the season and their almost perfect run in April.

Out of six games, Posta Rangers won four and drew two, garnering 14 out of a possible 18 points. Omollo’s award was a unanimous decision by the SJAK football committee.

“I won’t hide I am super excited. But I would really like to appreciate my players because they play with passion and are spirited. It is their performance that has seen me get this award. It has not been easy because the games have been tough,” Omollo said.

The former Tusker and SoNy Sugar coach became the second coach to win the award this season. Jose Marcelo Ferreira, the Gor Mahia coach won it in March.

April seems to have some good luck touch on the Posta Rangers as last season, Zedekiah Otieno who was the then coach won the award.

However, he could not go on to replicate the same performance throughout the season and was relieved off his duties with two matches remaining.

Omollo wants a different narrative to his story and among his targets is to guide the mailmen to the Kenyan Premier League title for the first time in their history.

They are two points shy of leaders Gor and Omollo, who won the title with Tusker FC in 2011 is confident with consistency, they can challenge.

“It is not easy because if you look at teams like Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, Ulinzi Stars… they have quality in their sides. But I have a good squad as well and I believe we can challenge for the title,” Omollo added.

The tactician buds in more confidence especially noting the backbone of his current Posta Rangers side were in his fold when he won it with Tusker FC in 2011.

Stability and direction

He says the players, led by skipper Jockins Atudo have given the team stability and direction.

Club chairman John Tonui as well is confident that Posta Rangers are a strong title contender and has backed Omollo and his charges to deliver the piece of silverware.

‘We will do everything we can to give the team the necessary support to ensure we win the league. It looks like a big dream, but with the way we have started, I believe we can do it,” Tonui told Sports News Arena.

He expects to build his title drive on the team’s perfect defensive record, having conceded only three goals so far in 11 matches.

Goalkeeper Patrick Matasi has been in imperious form for the mailmen this term and the coach has attributed this to growth and maturity.

“He is not the same Matasi of the yester years. He has greatly improved especially in terms of maturity. I am pleased with his performances so far,” Omollo said.

Posta Rangers travel to Nakuru to play against soldiers Ulinzi Stars. Omollo is not so much concerned with keeping an invincible record but only wants his side to remain consistent to the final day of the season.